Breaking Bad Science

Episode 89 - Charter Schools

March 13, 2022 Daniel Episode 89
Breaking Bad Science
Episode 89 - Charter Schools
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Way back in episode 35 we discussed how educating the entire populace of a country is still sort of a new concept. The importance of an entirely educated population is a belief system barely around 100 years old now. With that always comes a clear division in understanding of how and what is best. Because of this we have public schools, private schools, boarding schools, and charter schools. But what is a charter school? How does it differ from any of these other categories that it seems like we're all well acquainted with and is it better?


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